Throne of Glass – I Finally Read This Book lol

Throne of Glass – I Finally Read This Book lolTitle: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Romance, YA
Source: Purchased

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King's Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she'd have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

Book Overview

Celaena is awesome!

Can’t wait to see how they develop

Interesting and Mysterious :)

I couldn’t put this down!

I like it

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Romance Overview – Celaena and Dorian

Hard to tell what Celaena is feeling

I love Dorian!

Sometimes, she argues more with Chaol

Unlikely at this point in time

I prefer Dorian

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What I Loved

  • I loved the mystery in Throne of Glass. The creature that was killing off her competitors was really creepy and I was surprised at who ended up being behind the killings.
  • Celaena. She’s a very interesting main character. I like that being an assassin hasn’t hardened her and all she really wants in life is to be free and to live her own life. Also, bonus points for being a book lover :)
  • I loved her romance with Dorian! I think I’m leaning towards shipping her with Dorian in this series rather than Chaol. I can’t decide if I like Chaol or not. I think I’d prefer that he just stay a best friend.
  • The plot was exciting and interesting! I couldn’t stop reading this one and even brought it to work with me so I could finish it up during my lunch break :D

 

What I Didn’t Love

  • I don’t know if I really liked how the final battle happened. It was a bit odd. I thik it would have been more interesting if it had happened as it should have originally.

 

Favorite Quote(s)

“Of course.” He picked up the brown bag of candy on the table. “What’s your . . .” He trailed off as he weighed the bag in his hands. “Didn’t I give you three pounds of candy?”
She smiled impishly.
“You ate half the bag!”
“Was I supposed to save it?”
“I would have liked some!”
“You never told me that.”
“Because I didn’t expect you to consume all of it before breakfast!”
She snatched the bag from him and put it on the table. “Well, that just shows poor judgement on your part, doesn’t it?”

“As my friend, you should either bring me along, or keep me company.”
“Friend?” he asked.
She blushed. “Well, ‘scowling escort’ is a better description. Or ‘reluctant acquaintance’, if you prefer.”

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Final Thoughts

I’m so glad that I loved this book! There is some crazy hype surrounding this series and I was afraid it wouldn’t be for me. Actually, I’m surprised that some people say they don’t enjoy Throne of Glass as much as the rest of the books in the series.

EDIT: At the time of publishing this post, I’ve read half of Crown of Midnight and DNF’d it. For some reason I don’t really like Chaol and I don’t like the way Celaena is treating people. I’ve also been reading reviews of future books in this series and just don’t think this series is for me. I think these books will be too thick and descriptive for me and won’t have enough romance for my liking :/ Darn! I’m glad I gave this series a chance though because I still really loved the first book :)

What has been your favorite book in the Throne of Glass series? Do you prefer Dorian or Chaol?

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18 Comments

  • Raquel

    (Fair warning: some fangirling is about to ensue)

    Nooo no no no no noooo!! You should keep with the series!! It’s such a fantastic series!! You haven’t even met Rowan yet! (Oh the horror!) There’s still SO much to come and so many battles to be won and hearts to be broken and hearts to heal that’s it’s a bit overwhelming. BUT STILL. Celeana definitely has her bitchy moments but that’s what makes her such a complex and compelling character. Heir of Fire was fantastic! And Queen of Shadows even more so!! Hopefully you’ll reconsider down the line and pick the series back up because it’s truly one of the best YA Fantast that I’ve read. Also: ROWANNNNN.
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  • Beth

    I’m SO GLAD that you enjoyed Throne of Glass! I remember being convinced that I wasn’t going to like it because of all the hype (it was early in my book blogging days, okay?), but then I just… adored it. BUT you’re right about the rest of the series. For me, it definitely peaked with book one, but now I feel like I’ve invested too much time to NOT finish the series… I still have Queen of Shadows and the Assassin’s Blade on my TBR, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to reading them…
    Beth x
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  • Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

    I’m one of the very few who still haven’t read this series yet, unfortunately. But I hope to read it soon. Great review btw!

  • Tasya

    I read this a while back and really enjoyed it! Although I feel like something was missing in this book, like I’d love to get more action. I prefer Celaena is best friends with both Chaol and Dorian in this book because she’s just too awesome when she’s alone. I also prefer Dorian though if I have to choose between the two boys.
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  • Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

    I’m glad you enjoyed this! I still have to read this series and I’ve heard such good things so I hope I like it, too. Really sorry you’re not continuing the rest of the series but glad you enjoyed the first book! :) Wonderful review!
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  • Iris

    YAY! And NO regarding the update *sad face*

    This series is one of my absolute favourites, and I loved the first book just as much as you did. I do have to say though that CoM was my least favourite of the bunch. I still enjoyed it, but I didn’t like it as much as the first book (or the third book for that matter).

    The third book is pretty much in the league of the first book (and you’ll meet Rowan, whom you HAVE to meet, I mean, he’s AWESOME and I have a big ol’ crush on the dude). I haven’t read QoS YET. I own a pretty hardcover, and I read the first chapter (which broke my heart) and ever since I’ve been procrastinating actually reading it… which I am sure I’m going to punch myself in the face for when I do read it.

  • Laura @ Ink Stains and Books

    YAY! You finally picked this up and I’m so glad you liked it so much. Oh, with these books you can amass a navy with all the shipping going around, I swear.
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  • Bernadette

    I haven’t read this book yet, but you’re review makes it sound really promising. And can I just say that I love your bar graphs. That’s such a unique way to review the book, I commend your creativity :)

  • Jackie

    Ah! I just finished Throne of Glass this weekend, and I really, really liked it! Which surprises me because I don’t usually love books that have been hyped nearly as much as everyone else did. I mean, I probably won’t be fangirling like everyone else, but gosh, this was such a good book! Celeana was such an amazing character to read about. There was so many twisty, turny parts in this book, which kept me guessing. And for once…I like a love triangle. I love Dorian’s charisma, but I also love how grounded Chaol is.

    I’m bummed to hear you didn’t like Crown of Midnight. I’ll definitely be reading on in this series, so I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t be discouraged after giving the next book a read.
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  • Mallory @ The Leaning Tower of Tomes

    Aw, that’s a pity you DNF-ed Crown of Midnight. I had a lot of problems with Celaena’s character in CoM for sure, but I thought the overall plot really improved in book 2. Heir of Fire is my favorite of the books I’ve read (haven’t yet gotten to Queen of Shadows). But yes, these books are massive and very, very descriptive. Which is both good and bad.
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  • Madiha @ Paper Skies

    I understand exactly how you feel; I wasn’t rooting for Chaol either, and I’m on the fourth book right now and let me tell you, the action and mystery, the feels and romance, they’re all going up sky high. I felt ‘meh’ about the first two books, but from the third on I was so emotionally invested I thought I might cry. Great review, can’t wait to see what you think of the sequels :)
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  • Alise

    The title of this post, ahaha. I’m really glad you liked Throne of Glass, this series is a favorite of mine :) I was also a huge fan of Dorian on my first read-through! Sad that you couldn’t get into Crown of Midnight :( Queen of Shadows was *pterodactyl screech* I hear that some people group the first two together and then book three and four together, because they really have a different feeling, which I would agree with. I would love to know what you think of Heir of Fire *cough* Rowan *cough* if you ever decide to continue the series ;D
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  • Dana @ The Unprinted Protagonist

    I read Throne of Glass before all of the hype came. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t think it was groundbreaking. I’ve been wanting to reread it and continue the series, but there has been so much drama in the ToG fandom on Tumblr. It makes not want to continue. I think I’m going to wait until the last book comes out before I decide.

    I’m definitely Team Dorian! He’s one of my favorite characters, and I do really want to see how his storyline progresses.

    I absolutely love the updates you’ve made to your theme! And the review itself is awesome! Did you generate the bar graphs with a custom plugin?

  • Inas

    I decided to buy the book after reading your review!
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  • Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Oh man, I’m so happy you really liked the first book, especially since it’s a well hyped series! But then I got to the end, and it’s rather sad that you DNF’d Crown of Midnight! It really does get better and better as it goes along.
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  • Annie

    I am so glad I’m not the only one who prefers Dorian :) And while I did finish Crown of Midnight, I didn’t enjoy several things about it and one of those things was Chaol. I like the character just fine but, as you said, I liked them as good friends. It felt to me like their whole romance just came out of nowhere after the first book – or maybe it’d been too long between reading the first and second. But I haven’t gone on to read any of the other books because there’s so many in the series and… I just don’t know that I care enough.

    I’m very glad you posted this review because it’s nice not to be the only one :)
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  • Liz

    I loved the series, but I never liked Chaol I honestly hated his character😏

  • Zara @ Foxing Pages

    OMG!!! i really love this series and sarah is coming to my city next year im so :D :D :D :D :D
    glad you like it too!